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Up from Slavery Audiobook

Up from Slavery

Booker T. Washington fought his way out of slavery to become an educator, statesman, political shaper, and proponent of the "do-it-yourself" idea. In his autobiography, he describes his early life as a slave on a Virginia plantation, his steady rise during the Civil War, his struggle for education, his schooling at the Hampton Institute, and his years as founder and president of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, which was devoted to helping minorities learn useful, marketable skills.
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Booker T. Washington fought his way out of slavery to become an educator, statesman, political shaper, and proponent of the "do-it-yourself" idea. In his autobiography, he describes his early life as a slave on a Virginia plantation, his steady rise during the Civil War, his struggle for education, his schooling at the Hampton Institute, and his years as founder and president of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, which was devoted to helping minorities learn useful, marketable skills.

He gives an account of his travels, speeches, and meetings with various leaders, including Theodore Roosevelt in the White House. Employing a didactic tone, Washington deftly sets forth his belief that the black man’s salvation lies in education, industriousness, and self-reliance. This is the true-life story of a man of real courage and dedication.

Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856-1915), founder of Tuskegee Institute, was a leading educator, author, and statesman who rose from slavery to become internationally famous.

Public Domain (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Remains one of the most important works on such an influential African American leader." (Professor Delia Crutchfield Cook, University of Maryland)

"This book is a must-[listen]." (Professor Warren C. Swindell, Indiana State University)

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    twyla 01-15-14
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    "Excellent Autobiography! Highly Recommend"

    This was an excellent account of the life of Booker T Washington, very inspirational and informative - definitely a good read. I did not find the narrator very effective, but the story is so interesting that I learned to get used to him. This is a wonderful historic account of self determination, hard work, and true rags to riches - B T Washington is an inspiration to all and his story is full of life lessons useful to all! Highly Recommend.

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    Carol 05-15-12
    Carol 05-15-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Inspirational"
    If you could sum up Up from Slavery in three words, what would they be?

    Up from Slavery shoud be required reading in all classrooms, at least. At best, families or, for that matter, single parents and their children should read it together. There are many positive, encouraging and wise comments in this book for all races to absorb. I wondered out loud when I finished, "where are you now, Booker?"


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    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 09-16-09
    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 09-16-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiring and Educational"

    Booker T. Washington was truly a great man and this was a very good book. This book remains an excellent guidebook on how to build and live a truly worthwhile life. The simple ingredients remain: hard work, building a righteous character through practical means and being a blessing to other people.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Ashburn, VA, USA 02-13-07
    Bonnie Ashburn, VA, USA 02-13-07
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    "Up From Salvery"

    Excellent book - classic and educational. You can imagine what Mr. Washington had to go through to get his education.

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    Dan Yreka, CA, USA 05-25-03
    Dan Yreka, CA, USA 05-25-03
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    "Great man, great audiobook"

    Wow! what an incredible human being! This story made me and my whole life seem insignificant. I drove the long way home some nights just to get more time to listen to this book.

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    Christopher United States 01-09-15
    Christopher United States 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I HAD NO IDEA!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is an amazing historical account of a very important time and very important events in American history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Booker T Washington's unyielding optimism, determination and strength of character. He was a truly exceptional individual who accomplished some unbelievable things against impossible odds.


    Have you listened to any of Noah Waterman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This is the first, but I look forward to more.


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    Devaughn Detroit, MI, United States 05-14-12
    Devaughn Detroit, MI, United States 05-14-12
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    "Listen and learn"
    If you could sum up Up from Slavery in three words, what would they be?

    Wow! WHAT A BOOK


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Up from Slavery?

    Going to Europe


    Which scene was your favorite?

    building a furnace to make bricks


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    BEYOND LIMITS, BOOKER T WASHINGTON


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED IT

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    Mama C 03-05-11
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    "A Must Read"

    Every American should read this book! This is the story of a man who worked hard to accomplish what he did, and though he was very intelligent, he went above and beyond the expected and never complained. Booker T. Washington is a terrific example for high school and college students, and I will recommend this book. The tone and pacing of the narrator seemed just right for this book. Highly recommend!

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    Sheryl Miller 01-21-16
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    "Washington was a Great American."
    Any additional comments?

    This autobiography should be read by all American History students. Washington's insights to his time and his individual strengths are powerful. He demonstrated the "American Dream" as it was intended. We should all have a little more "Booker" in our lives.

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    bey Dallas, TX United States 11-13-15
    bey Dallas, TX United States 11-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Should be required reading/listening for our kids"

    An amazing book of an amazing life! I learned so much about Mr. Washington, Tuskegee and the striving up from slavery.

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